Butterfly Conservation scientists are keen to see if this is a trend that continues in 2022, and how the picture differs for butterflies across the whole of the UK. This means it’s more important than ever that the public take part and help to gather the data needed.
This year the Big Butterfly Count is sponsored by garden wildlife specialist Vivara and the DFN Foundation, a commissioning charity focused on influencing sustainable change in special needs education, supported employment, healthcare and conservation.
Nature and mental health
Taking part in the Big Butterfly Count is not only good for butterflies – it’s good for humans too. Dr Amir Khan, Butterfly Conservation Ambassador, is one of a number of famous faces supporting the Big Butterfly Count.
‘Spending time in nature is hugely beneficial to our mental health. Just a short amount of time spent in the natural world can alleviate stress, and connecting with nature can help us feel happier and more energised.
‘Watching butterflies for just 15 minutes can be a wonderful and calming experience. It is good for you as well as benefiting butterflies by helping Butterfly Conservation gather the important data they need to understand how to better protect these special insects. It is truly a win-win situation for all of us.’
DR AMIR KHAN
Butterfly Conservation ambassador
Join the Big Butterfly Count
Butterfly Conservation’s Big Butterfly Count (5 July to 07 August) is a UK-wide survey open to everyone, of any age, living in towns, cities or the countryside.
Taking part requires you to spend just 15 minutes in an outdoor space counting the number and type of butterflies, and some day-flying moths, you see. It is easy to do and the more people who do it, the greater the benefits to our understanding of nature and how to help it.
To take part simply click here or download the free Big Butterfly Count app.
‘We really need people’s help this year to help us figure out where our butterflies are and what we need to do to save them. It’s not just the rare species of butterfly – the ones with restricted habitat or foodplants – that we are concerned about. Some of our previously commonly seen butterflies, like the small tortoiseshell, are also declining rapidly.’
DR ZOE RANDLE
Senior surveys officer at Butterfly Conservation
Butterfly trends for 2022
Over 150,000 counts were submitted to the Big Butterfly Count last year – more than ever before. Wo